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Nicki Minaj is leaving American Idol after just one season on the show, according to reports out this week.
A so-called insider has told Us magazine, "It's safe to say she isn't coming back to Idol. She's OK with it. She had a great time but was only going to do one season anyway."
The development comes amid rumors that the entire judging panel on Idol could be on its way out.
Less than a week ago, long-time judge on the show, Randy Jackson, also confirmed that he would be leaving the reality TV singing competition after 12 seasons on the show.
Last week Jackson said, "I am very proud of how we forever changed television and the music industry. It's been a life changing opportunity, but I am looking forward to focusing on my company Dream Merchant 21 and other business ventures."
Recently, an unidentified insider has told Wrap that even executive producer on the show, Nigel Lythgoe, could be on his way out.
The clean out seems to be a reaction to a second season in a row where the show has experienced double digit ratings declines. Already this year producers attempted to revamp the line up on the show, but their efforts seem to have failed, with Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey getting involved in continued arguments on the show.
Carey even admitted to a contestant in recent weeks that producers on the show had criticized her own performance as a judge, highlighting the apparent tensions behind the scenes this season.
Meanwhile, other sources have told Fox News that Carey herself wants to leave and at the end of the season she will be exiting.
"She's done with it all. She doesn't need the platform, and all the drama isn't healthy for her," the insider said.
Carey has not been afraid to speak of the tensions she has with Minaj, and has even admitted to Barbara Walters that she was uncomfortable working with Nicki Minaj.
Carey said, "It felt like an unsafe work environment. Anytime anybody's reeling threats at somebody, you know, it's not appropriate. I'm a professional. I'm not used to that type of environment."
Things have repeatedly spilled over between the pair, and during one argument earlier in the season Minaj threatened to shoot Carey.